Become a Caritas volunteer. You can take action by volunteering for Caritas in your home region or country.
Volunteers are usually organized by the national Caritas or by local parishes. Their help is essential to Caritas’ mission of listening to the pleas of the needy and responding with action and love.
Being a Volunteer
The conflict in Syria and its impact on the wider region shows the strength of Caritas’ volunteer network. It also shows what becoming a volunteer can do for you.
Madleen – Jordanian (Read her story)
“I like to help others,” says Madleen Qandah, a 21 year old mathematics student from Mafraq, in Jordan. “So I have volunteered with Caritas Jordan. We distribute essential supplies to the refugees and have been training in planning for arrivals and how to run operations smoothly.” Some days, hundreds of Syrian refugees have arrived in Jordan, stretching Caritas’ resources thin, but not the hearts of its volunteers. “I just put myself in the refugees’ shoes and treat them how I would like to be treated in the same situation,” Madleen says.
Rahaf – Syrian (Read her story)
“I learned about Caritas for the first time when we went to its centre for help,” says Rahaf Al Jaber, a 20 year old woman from Damascus. “We had a normal life in Syria until my father got a call saying he was to be killed. We fled, walking over the border into Jordan. Suddenly we had nothing.”
“At the Caritas centre, I felt the spirit of love. Their mission was close to my heart and so I began volunteering,” says Rahaf. Each volunteer at the Caritas centre in the small town of Zarqa has a role – some work in the kitchen or on data entry, while others teach lessons to Syrian children. All volunteers – Jordanian and Syrian – work together and are given training in peace and community building. They visit refugees in their homes and negotiate disputes between the refugees and their hosts.
“For me, being in a Christian organisation is not strange,” says Rahaf. “I had many Christian friends back home. I just want to help Syrians, especially the children.”